My name is Calista and I have started this blog because I want to share with you what I have learned about meditation, stress management and how you can benefit, as I have done, from regular meditation practice in the comfort of your home, work or in a group.
I have decided to write this piece because I saw a need to share an experience of meditation that people can relate to. Meditation has an aura of mystic and wonder which draws people in with the promise of enlightenment, calm and good health. Meditation can deliver on its promise, but not without dedication and hard work.
Meditation can be emotionally challenging, physically difficult and is not for everyone. It can take some years of exploration before you find a style of Meditation that suits your personality and needs. Some people who have experienced severe trauma in their lives turn to meditation to relieve pain and suffering. Meditation can help in this way, but the road to relief is hard and confronting at times, and is best undertaken in conjunction with counseling. Meditation is a unique natural tool that can be of great health benefit now and for the rest of your life. It is flexible, portable and a joy to do once you have found your rhythm. Its health benefits both physical and psychological have been proven for centuries in the Eastern Culture and more recently in scientific research in the Western Culture.
For the last five years, meditation has increasingly become a big part of my life.
The journey began, as most personal development journey’s do, with a need to put an end to feelings of hopelessness, a growing collection self- help books, too many nights of Bridget Jones’s Diary, and an unhealthy reliance on the local Naturopath.
There was a lot of supporting scientific data conducted by American and British Universities and Scholars, even a piece in Time Magazine. There were also many different modalities ranging from spiritual based practice, to practice for specific health conditions such as cancer and pain management.
The health benefits of your commitment and patience can be significant and are well worth it.
Meditation is a natural tool for improving your life both in the short term and in the long term. It is easy to maintain, cost effective and can be done anywhere and anytime the need arises.
Meditation is a great complementary therapy to medical treatment for pain management, cancer treatment, high blood pressure, digestive issues, weight management, skin conditions or counseling.
I love meditation because I am in control of my practice, my development and the extent of its application. I can use meditation as a spiritual tool or as a stress reduction tool. I can sit for long periods of time or I can take 5 minutes to simply focus on my breath.
The classes I teach are simple and can be adapted to individual needs.
Each class is structured the same, beginning with some relaxation exercises, breathing exercises and some quiet meditation. Each participant is presented with a welcome pack full of useful information and links to further useful information.
If you feel you would like to experience some meditation in a supportive and friendly environment, please contact me
Included below is a little spot meditation to get you started.
Find a quiet spot, either inside or outside. Your location will depend on whether you wish to sit or stand and what is available to you at the time.
If you sit or stand, try to make your spine as straight as possible.
Your feet are to be flat on the ground and your shoulders to be relaxed.
Take a deliberate breath in and notice how the air feels as it fills your lungs.
Breathe out with sign noticing the feeling of your chest falling as the air leaves your lungs.
Repeat this as many times as you like or for three minutes.
At the end of this exercise, notice how you feel. Do you feel energized and calm?
This meditation can be done anywhere and anytime you feel anxious or stressed or when you want to rejuvenate your mind and body during the day.